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Audio-Technica ATH-S220BT: robust, lightweight headphones for listening on-the-go

Audio-Technica has just launched the ATH-S220BT: a lightweight set of Bluetooth headphones with elegant lines and versatile functionality.

Audio-Technica makes a range of headphones for all kinds of purposes. From a high-end hi-fi experience to the ultimate in portability, to pro audio — it has all bases covered. With the ATH-S220BT, it’s offering up a robust and lightweight sonic solution that gives you plenty of versatility for your hard-earned dollar.

With simple on-ear wearability and multipoint Bluetooth functionality, these classic-looking cans are low-maintenance and designed for life on the go. Let’s take a closer look.

Audio-Technica ATH-S220BT

First impressions

Packed tightly in a cardboard box, the ATH-S220BT is not a luxury offering — and at the price of $99 AUD that is completely understandable. But the headphones themselves cut an elegant silhouette, come in a stealthy black or more casual navy and cream, and present easy to navigate buttons for volume adjustment and Bluetooth activation.

But the headline first impression? These headphones are light. Which — for an object that could be potentially strapped to your head for several hours — is a good thing. Audio-Technica is a company that takes hardware engineering seriously (even their mic clips are really well thought out), so it should come as no surprise that the ATH-S220BT is robust, with earcups easily swivelling to accommodate storage and the headband smoothly expandable. In short, it offers up a solidity that belies its price tag.

Audio-Technica ATH-S220BT

Sound and functionality

Convenience and comfort are a priority with the ATH-S220BT. As such, you won’t be in for a surgically precise listening experience. The on-ear design, while comfortable, simply can’t offer the frequency balancing that can be achieved with circumaural headphones.

Overall, they tend toward a pleasing low-mid heavy tone, which is great fun for listening to music (instant ‘club’ vibes) and no doubt great for getting through a long afternoon at the office, or that last punishing lap of your morning run.

Audio-Technica ATH-S220BT

The battery life is as good as eternal — unless can’t find a time to charge within its massive 60-hour lifespan. But if you only have a cheeky 10 minutes to plug in, you’ll still get 3.5 hours of listening in return.

Multipoint pairing is also a winning feature. It allows you to connect to your smartphone and computer at the same time, making it a breeze to handle all your remote meetings (there’s also a built-in microphone for your calls) and flick back to your favourite playlist without getting into a Bluetooth tangle.

For more details on these ultra-capable cans, visit the Audio-Technica website.